Governor Mary Fallin declares state of emergency for Payne County following 5.0 magnitude earthquake

Fallin declares state of emergency for Payne Co.
Posted at 11:47 AM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 17:21:57-05

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for Payne County following a 5.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Oklahoma Sunday night.

Fallin and state emergency management officials are asking residents to submit photos of earthquake damage to their homes and businesses through the OK Emergency app.

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According to a press release, Fallin’s executive order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal aid should it be necessary.

The state of emergency will last for 30 days, according to the executive order.

Fallin also release a statement on the action being taken by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Read her full statement below.

“I support the quick action taken today by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry in our state, as it worked closely with state researchers at the Oklahoma Geological Survey to put in place mandatory reductions in activity impacting induced seismicity.  Two years ago, we established the coordinating council on seismicity. Regulators continue to target areas for additional scrutiny that are experiencing increased seismic activity, which has led to the shutting down of disposal wells or reducing the volume of disposal wells and flow pressure in known fault lines where we believe there is a correlation to earthquakes (sic).”

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